Several saints had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, such as Padre Pio and St. Augustine, but most people today know about this devotion due to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque.
St. Margaret Mary was a French nun who experienced a series of apparitions of Jesus. In these visions, Jesus shared with her that He wanted more people to honor and be devoted to His Sacred Heart.
We wrote about this in our latest book, the Pocket Guide to Novenas, which is also now available to order on Amazon. The Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the novenas included in the book. You can find a list of all the novenas included here.
We’ll start praying this novena together next Wednesday, June 7th.
Novenas are an ancient tradition that goes back to the days of the Apostles.
Jesus told His disciples to pray together after His ascension into heaven, so they went to an upper room along with the Blessed Virgin Mary, (Acts 1:14) and joined constantly in prayer for nine days.
These nine days of constant prayer by the Apostles at the direction of Jesus led up to Pentecost. This is when the Holy Spirit descended upon the disciples as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:1-4). This pattern of 9 days of prayer, leading up to a feast day or final day, is the basis of the novenas we pray today!
Thus, the novena is an imitation of the Lord’s command to the Apostles when they prayed for 9 days in anticipation of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
And that’s why we pray all of our novenas for nine days, followed by one final prayer on the 10th day (which is usually the feast day).
We will start praying on Friday, May 19th.
You can sign up HERE to join us in prayer and you can share your prayer intentions with us all below. We’re praying for you!
It’s a keepsake book of twenty novenas that also includes a little history of novenas, the different types of novenas, and a schedule of when you can pray different novenas throughout the year.
You can learn more and pre-order the book here. Shipping is expected to begin May 12th.
Here’s a list of the novenas included in the book:
1. A Novena to St. Joseph 2. The Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena 3. The St. Michael the Archangel Novena 4. The Divine Mercy Novena 5. The Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena 6. The Surrender Novena 7. A Novena to St. John Paul II 8. A Novena to Gianna Molla 9. A Novena to St. Padre Pio 10. A Novena to St. Monica 11. A Novena to St. Augustine 12. A Novena to Saints Louis & Zelie Martin 13. A Novena to St. Martin de Porres 14. Mother Teresa’s “Flying” Novena 15. A Novena to St. Charles Lwanga 16. A Novena to St. Jude 17. A Novena to St. Josephine Bakhita 18. A Novena to Christ the King 19. A Novena for Healing 20. The Litany of Trust Novena
Some of the Novenas in the book are the same ones we pray here as a community — like the Divine Mercy Novena, the Mary, Undoer of Knots Novena, and the Sacred Heart of Jesus Novena. A majority of the novenas, though, are newly composed.
Whenever we grow closer to Jesus’ mother, our mother, we grow closer to Jesus — because Mary always brings us to Jesus.
We will start praying on Saturday, April 22nd and we’ll finish the novena on May 1st. The month of May is actually dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, so it’s a perfect time to ask for her intercession and to begin the month of May!
As St. Francis de Sales wrote: “Let us run to Mary, and, as her little children, cast ourselves into her arms with a perfect confidence.”
One thing we love about Easter is that we celebrate it for so long… Lent lasts for 40 days, but the Easter season is 50 days long!
While we continue to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection and to thank Him for the hope and mercy He offers us, Annie and I wanted to send you our Easter card here.
It is an honor and a joy to pray with you. Thank you so much for praying with us and for those in our community here.
Just scroll down to see our card :)
We’re praying for you every day!
God bless you!
John-Paul & Annie – PrayMoreNovenas.com
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Thank you so much for joining us in praying the St. Joseph Novena!
If you’ve had any of your prayers answered throughout this novena, you can share those with us all below.
We will continue to pray for you! Please hold onto hope and do not give up if your prayers have not been answered — the Lord is near and you are never alone in your suffering. We are remembering you in our prayers.
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